Grapes for the 2017 Napa Cellars Chardonnay were selected from vineyards in renowned Chardonnay locations including south Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Carneros. The
proximity of these vineyards to the fog and breeze from San Francisco and Marin Bay creates a cooler climate, which is ideal for growing Chardonnay. These coastal effects also allow for a longer growing season, giving the fruit more time on the vine and helping produce energetic acidity and flavorful fruit.
The 2017 growing season offered superlative growing conditions with abundant rain at the beginning of the year. Harvest brought lower yields with fruit of excellent quality.
At Napa Cellars, the Chardonnay grapes are carefully hand-picked, harvested and crushed. The wine is then fermented and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay is then aged for eight months in French oak barrels, 24% new.